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Whitfield Farm

Long Barrow

<b>Whitfield Farm</b>Posted by rdavymedImage © rdavymed
Also known as:
  • Tilly Whim Long Barrow
  • Bradford Peverell II

Nearest Town:Dorchester (3km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   SY669920 / Sheet: 194
Latitude:50° 43' 33.85" N
Longitude:   2° 28' 8.42" W

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<b>Whitfield Farm</b>Posted by formicaant <b>Whitfield Farm</b>Posted by formicaant <b>Whitfield Farm</b>Posted by rdavymed


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Next to the Roman Road south of Bradford Peveral, marked on most OS maps. Uninspiring and unkempt. Posted by rdavymed
5th June 2006ce


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This barrow could possibly be the shortest known bank barrow. In David Field's excellent book Earthen Long Barrows he refers to a Bradford Peverell bank barrow of 64 metres in length. Another candidate could possibly be the long barrow called Red Barn, which is equally close to Bradford Peverell. However he provides no grid reference for it, I will probably have to write him a letter to find out.
Grinsell says this is 150 feet long, 60 - 90 feet wide and 4 feet in height.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
25th January 2008ce
Edited 11th February 2008ce

Things were different in prehistory. Contrary to rdavymed's modern assessment, this long barrow has been inspiring at times. It seems to have been the focus for a later cemetery of Bronze Age round barrows - there are four close by and a number of others in the vicinity. It didn't escape Roman attention either, as a burial with Samian pottery was found in the mound: it is after all but a step away from the Roman road and remains of the aqueduct that took water to Roman Dorchester. The barrow may also have a view over the confluence of the Cerne and the Frome below?

(info from the s.m. record on Magic).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th January 2007ce
Edited 4th January 2007ce